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Special Announcement

Faculty and Staff Open Enrollment for Health Coverage and Flexible Spending: May 1-23

Open enrollment for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s health coverage and flexible spending plans takes place from May 1-23. Eligible university faculty and classified staff may enroll in flexible spending accounts and/or make changes to health coverage elections for the plan year that begins July 1, 2016. No action is required to maintain current health coverage elections for the upcoming plan year, but enrollment is required to begin or continue participation in flexible spending. COVA Care and COVA HealthAware participants can earn premium rewards for the upcoming plan year by completing health related activities. See information, resources and tools at www.hr.vcu.edu/benefits.html. For questions, contact VCU Benefits at 827-1723 or benefits@vcu.edu.

Today

The Wellness Resource Center, VCU Police and the School of Nursing present a screening of "Finding Jenn's Voice," a movie that explores why the number one reason for death during pregnancy is homicide by intimate partner and how health professionals, family and friends can intervene by learning the warning signs or "red flags" of abusive relationships, in the George Ben Johnston Auditorium. One of the film's survivors, Lisette Johnson, will join for a talk-back after the film. For more information, contact Fatima M. Smith at smithfm2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2085.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs welcomes the critically-acclaimed Tuesday verses Crew for an open mic experience in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-B. Open to all students, faculty, staff and community members to participate. Admission is free. If interested in performing, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Reggie Stroble at rlstroble@vcu.edu.

This week

VCU Opera and the VCU Opera Orchestra present the spring production of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Medium" and Giaocchino Rossini's "La Cambiale Di Matrimonio" (The Marriage Contract), on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Free for VCU students with I.D. For more information, contact Amy Sheets at aesheets@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1169 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events.

Curation at VCU presents "SpeakEasy: An Exhibition of Undergraduate Art" at VALET, 509 E. Franklin St. Participants will see a curated exhibition of VCUarts undergraduate work, including video art, installations and other 2D/3D works. For more information, contact Jana Choi at choiscj@vcu.edu or (732) 362-1253.

The Notochords A Cappella Ensemble presents its 2016 Spring Concert in the Commons Theater. Admission is free. For more information, contact Alex Bloom at bloomaj@mymail.vcu.edu.

Coming up

VCU Parking and Transportation hosts an open forum for students, faculty and staff on the MCV Campus in the Egyptian Building, Baruch Auditorium. Parking and Transportation administration will discuss recent initiatives, improvements and address audience concerns. For more information, contact Jonsette Calloway at parking@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7275 or visit http://www.parking.vcu.edu.

The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs partners with the Virginia Commission on Youth and the Family Impact Institute at Purdue University to hold a seminar focusing on the fostering futures legislation with input from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and Sunny Shin, Ph.D., School of Social Work, at the Virginia State Capital, 1000 Bank St. The moderator will be Anne Holton, Virginia's Secretary of Education. Free and open tot he public. For more information, contact Robyn McDougle at rdmcdougle@vcu.edu or visit http://www.wilder.vcu.edu.

The Mary and Frances Youth Center, Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) and United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg sponsor a TED-style talk about Social Emotional Learning featuring Charles Smith, Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, in the Commons Theater. Social Emotional Learning teaches mental skills that lead to understanding and managing emotion, setting positive and realistic goals, building long-lasting relationships, showing empathy for others and problem-solving constructively and ethically. This is a free event, but Eventbrite tickets are required. Visit the website below for tickets. For more information, contact Shekinah Mitchell at sdmitchell@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2841 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ypqi-presents-a-ted-style-talk-on-social-emotional-learning-tickets-23284935870.

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education offers an introductory course, "Workshop in Education: ECSE Service Learning," through July 13 at the Richmond Main Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St. The class explores a service learning framework within the context of Early Childhood Special Education. Students will create materials and support programs that enhance learning for children and their caregivers, collaborate with library staff and participate in programs. Participants will earn three graduate credits. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit http://ocpe.vcu.edu/.

Notices

Faculty, Staff, Retiree Fundraising Campaign

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations encourages all employees to participate in the Faculty, Staff, Retiree Campaign. The deadline to donate in this internal fundraiser is Sunday, May 15. This is an opportunity to invest in VCU and VCU Health. Participants can give any amount to any school, unit, fund or scholarship that they choose. For more information, contact Julie Young at jbyoung@vcu.edu or visit http://www.support.vcu.edu/faculty/.

RamAway: Accepting Reservations Through May 4

For those needing a ride back home for summer break, RamAway provides free transportation during university holidays and semester breaks to and/or from the Richmond International Airport, Greyhound Bus Station and Amtrak at Main Street Station and Staples Mill Road. RamAway is currently accepting reservations through Wednesday, May 4, for rides through Friday, May 13. Reserve a departure trip by visiting go.vcu.edu/ramaway For more information, contact Lou Ann Jones at ramaway@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7882 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/ramaway.

FAST Study Invitation

The FAST study team at the VCU School of Nursing is looking for ways to help children become more physically active. If you are the parent or guardian of a preschool child (4-5 years old) we would like to invite you to call us to hear more information about a study that you and your child may be eligible to participate in. Involvement in this study would entail meeting (phone or in person) with study personnel weekly for 4 weeks (all 30-60 minutes visits). For more information, contact Leigh Small at VCU.FAST.study@gmail.com or (804) 424-1414.

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